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Have you ever wanted to give a really special Easter basket to someone? I’ve bought new baskets over the years, hoping to achieve a personalized look, but I needed to make one myself to get the look that I really wanted.
The only problem was that I had no idea how to do that. Then, I found a bunch of tutorials on Pinterest, like this one, showing how to make a fabric and rope Easter basket. Perfect! I made a few adjustments and made one too! Instead of sewing everything, I used a glue gun. I wish I had a sewing machine that could sew rope, but using a glue gun makes this project doable by most adults. No kids though, because hot glue is nobody’s friend. Just ask my fingerprints. LOL!
To make a basket the same size as the one I made use: 1 yard of material, 1 bag of Cotton Filler 6/32 Inch Cord – 10 yards. I bought myself a new 45mm rotary cutter with a pinking blade just so these pieces would have pinked edges. Pinked edges is not necessary, but a rotary cutter is super helpful. If you don’t have any, just use scissors. You’ll also need a glue gun and probably 4 or 5 glue sticks. If you’re using a rotary cutter, make sure you have a self healing cutting mat, or you’ll get some permanent designs in your table as an unwanted result.
I cut my pieces into 2″ strips, but I think they could have been even thinner. It’s really up to you. Honestly, you can’t mess this up, so don’t spend too much time worrying about it. Just jump in and get started!
After I cut out the pieces of fabric to 2″, I picked about five or six strips and sewed them together. This part isn’t mandatory but if I make another basket, I’ll still do it. It allowed me to just grab a strip, wrap, glue and move on. Don’t make them too long though because super long pieces can make it more difficult to wrap while gluing.
Just a little aside from a new sewing enthusiast…ME: If you’re looking for a sewing machine that does a great job, I recommend the Brother CS6000i. It’s affordable, light weight and has easy markings that help you locate measurements. Plus, it has a removable table for quilts and other large projects. I can’t say enough good things about it. I just love it! It’s has made me a more confident sewist and as a beginner, I needed that boost of confidence! (I bought it after this post though, here I was making my Brother embroidery machine work double duty for me. The embroidery machine is great too, but it’s heavy.)
I might have made a few too many. LOL! Well, this will definitely make more than one Easter basket, so I’m set there!
I’d say that the most important part of this whole project is covering the cut ends. So, make sure they are covered well. The first one will be for the center inside of the basket, so you want that to look as good as possible. If you can cover it starting at an angle, that’s best, because you want to wrap the rope at an angle.
Wrapping at an angle will help you cover more of the rope, faster. If you find that yours doesn’t look perfect, then you’re in good company, mine doesn’t either! Don’t worry about it. It’s going to turn out just fine and if it doesn’t, add more fabric, more glue or some embellishments. It’s not a big deal. This ends up having a shabby chic look and I’m sure that whoever you give yours to will love it!
You just wrap and glue and wrap and glue until you get to the end. You will need to cover the end of the rope, just like you did when we started.
Finally. Now we can start building the basket!
Do your best to make a tight circle while gluing the insides of the fabric covered rope as you roll. If you have some finger protection for glue guns, wear it. There’s a reason for the saying, “I craft. Therefore, I have no fingerprints.”
I think it looks pretty already.
After creating a base of about 8 circles wide, I started creating the sides of the basket. When you’re ready, simply begin gluing the fabric wrapped rope on top of the most outward layer.
Keep going up and gluing until you’re close to the end of the rope. Yeah, my glue gets everywhere. I’m not a neat gluer, or is it gluist? LOL!
It’s almost finished!
At this point, I cut off part of the rope and covered each raw end with fabric. I glued the loose end to the inside of the basket. Next, I glued the handle sides too. By the way, these are my favorite scissors. They are tough enough to handle a variety of jobs and can still cut paper well too. I’ve been using them since 2010. They rock!
I love it! It’s not quite ready though…it needs some candy!
I got all my candy at Walmart. In my Walmart, it was near the front door and also in the back of the store on a special aisle of Easter candy. While I was there, I bought the prettiest Easter cross for our front door, but when we got home my husband hung it up in the kitchen. We all love seeing it inside, so now I need one for the front door again. LOL! Back to Walmart!
This pretty basket is for my daughter who is away at college. She usually can’t get home for Easter due to exams, so this is a way that I can share the wonderful day with her. Try making one of these baskets! Pick your favorite fabrics and colors, add candy, and share it with someone special this Easter!
I’d love to see your finished baskets! Will you leave me a link to them in the comments or on my Facebook page? I’m excited to see what you make!